Rotten tomato hits R. Kelly trial

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A mix-up over a copy of the sex tape at the center of R. Kelly's trial is a "rotten tomato in the barrel," Judge Gaughan said this afternoon as the two sides squared off again over the so-called "mole defense."

It's unclear what measures Gaughan will take about the mix-up—a mistake in the state's attorney's office.

Prosecutors gave Kelly's defense team a copy of the sex tape on DVD two weeks ago, telling them it was an exact copy of the original. But the DVD copy is actually of a lower quality than the original, prosecutor Robert Heilingoetter acknowledged today.

Also, the copy was not made by prosecution video expert Grant Fredericks, as the state had previously claimed, but by a junior member of the state's attorney's staff, Heilingoetter said.

The defense has had access to the original sex tape, but the mistake could prove significant because Kelly's attorneys used the DVD during their questioning of defense video expert, Charles Palm.

Shown frames from the DVD, Palm said he could not see a mole on the man in the tape's back.

Fredericks used a high quality copy of the original tape when he testified, pointing out a spot on the man in the tape's back that corresponds with a mole on Kelly's back.

Both sides signed a stipulation last week, agreeing that the DVD was an accurate copy of the sex tape. That stipulation was read to the jury and will probably now have to be corrected in some form, at a minimum.

Testifying again today—this time as a prosecution rebuttal witness—Fredericks said that Palm "should have known" that the DVD was a lower quality copy, saying it was "obvious."

Fredericks again said that the tape could not have been faked, describing why he believed the spot on the man's back was not video "noise."

But defense attorney Ed Genson said the jury would now think that Kelly's team had acted in "bad faith" by using the low quality DVD during Palm's testimony.

Palm testified last week that he had analyzed high quality copies of the tape before the trial, saying he based his opinions on those high quality copies.

Also Tuesday morning, Robert Wolf, an assistant District Attorney from Georgia, testified that Yul Brown—the fiance of star prosecution witness Lisa Van Allen—was not offered a lenient sentence on an unrelated weapons charge in return for Van Allen's assistance in Kelly's trial.

Kelly's lawyers have repeatedly suggested that Brown and Van Allen "cooked up a scheme" to help Kelly's prosecutors in return for a light sentence for Brown.

Brown faced up to 22 years on drugs and weapons charges after a loaded AK47 was found at his home in Atlanta. He was instead sentenced to probation.

Wolf, who handled Brown's prosecution, said he had never discussed Brown with anybody involved in Kelly's case.

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Hang him!!! We all know that R Kelly has a history with underage girls. Does anybody remember when he married Aliyah? She was only 15 years old at the time. He is guilty and he deserves to go to jail!

thats a shame..but i still think kells is going to be set free..

TO MADDY PATTON
AT LEAST HE MARRIED HER, THAT WAS A BAD EXAMPLE CONSIDERING SHE
IS NO LONGER ALIVE! NEXT TIME USE SOMEONE ELSE TO PROVE YOUR POINT! PREFERABLY SOMEONE LIVING!

I BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. FROM THE LOOKS OF THINGS, THE PROSECUTION SHOULD HAVE DONE THEIR HOMEWORK. THIS TIME I BELIEVE HE IS INNOCENT DUE TO ANY REASONABLE DOUBT. THEY SHOULD HAVE CAUGHT HIM MANY YEARS AGO BECAUSE NOW THE EVIDENCE IS TAMPERED WITH AND CANNOT BE CONCLUSIVE. ONCE A CHILD MOLESTER, ALWAYS A CHILD MOLESTER UNLESS YOU SEEK SOME SERIOUS HELP. SOONER OR LATER HE WILL MAKE ANOTHER MISTAKE. THE JUDICAL SYSTEM HAS CONVICTED INNOCENT PEOPLE BEFORE WITHOUT ALL ACCURATE EVIDENCE SO I THINK IF THEY CONVICT R.KELLY OFF THE EVIDENCE THAT THEY HAVE, HE WILL EVENTUALYY APPEAL AND BE SET FREE.

Don't you all see this case is a total waste of tax payer dollars.

All the parties involved in this case were trying to get their fifteen minutes of fame. The Entertainment industry has exploited women for years and it isn't going to stop as long as parents condone the behavior. This young lady's parents pretend not to see what their daughter was exposed too. American culture is obsessed with being famous and being on TV.

But, to trade R. Kelly for a gun slinging, drug dealing member of the Black Mafia. Come on now.

If this young lady and her mother can't admit that it is her in the tape then why do we have to waste money proving it especially now that she is good and grown.

No more rodeo show. The honey love he gonna get is coming from Bertha Butt Boogie.

The alleged underage girl on the tape testified herself that its not her.The woman who testified under immunity that she participated with Kelly and the girl(to get a lessor punishment for her drug dealing/gun selling husband),admitted to being an extortionist and a thief.Also,does anybody remember the fuss when Hillary Clinton's head was super-imposed on another womans's body wearing leather and holding a whip?Hmmmmm!

RK, You know you are wrong for playing house with babies. They should lock your "Sing about anything Ass" up so long as it's not in juvenile hall.

R.Kelly is innocent. Why is it such a big deal that he messed with Aaliyah and she was underage. Do you know how many people across the United States right now that are doing the same thing. You have males that date 16, 17, 18 year old that sometimes lie about there real age. Then you have older women that date younger dudes about 19, 21, 22. Its there lives and there decision. They know what they are doing and the consequences afterward. R.Kelly is not that type of person who would do such a thing. Yall just jealous because he making money and he got haters that want to see him behind bars. Get with it or get lost because thats just one of chi-towns finest and will always be. And yall say will he bounce back with his music, he never even stopped in the first place. He still topping the charts on the map. So all yall can kicks rocks because I lovd him and will always support him.

~ERICA~

@ Maddie Patton: What do you mean, at least he married her? That was illegal, and under false pretense, being that her age was boosted up, on the marriage license. Whether living or not, the fact still remains. This shows his history, and "is" relevant to his behavior today. That was real lame, especially if this came from an adult!!

@ Maddie Patton, so sorry, I made a mistake. Comment meant for "ayiz." To Dawn Williams, as we all know, there are plenty of people that can be bought, and will do anything for a dollar, and that is apparently the case here, and has been the case in several other instances were R.Kelly paid victims off. So, whether she and her mother denies it or not, there is something wrong, when her other family members, and closest friends say otherwise. So, please answer this question Dawn Williams. How is it a waste of money, whether she is " good and grown," now or not? She definitely wasn't when he was molesting her, and his money was definitely long enough, to hold this case off, until she was "good and grown." I feel it's about time, and worth every cent that it takes, to prove it, and get another pedophile off of the streets, and away from our children. With that way of thinking, I pray that you don't have any children!

I CAN'T BELIEVE SOME OF THESE COMMENTS. WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE ARE WE TO KNOWING LET THIS CONTINUE TO HAPPEN AND DO NOTHING. I AM A R.KELLY FAN AND I LOVE HIS MUSIC, BUT I'M NOT GOING TO SHOW FAVORITES JUST BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS.FOR SOMEONE TO SUPPORT HIM THROUGH ALL OF THIS JUST BECAUSE HE'S FROM CHICAGO OR BECAUSE THERE A FAN SAYS ALOT THERE CHARACTER. YES, I THINK THAT ALL OF THIS IS TERRIBLE. BUT THIS IS JUST WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS. I HAVE A DAUGHTER AND IS R.KELLY OR ANY MAN TOUCHES HER IN THIS WAY BEFORE SHE IS A GROWN-UP THEY WILL NEED MORE THAN A LAWYER! I'M FROM ATLANTA AND STILL AM A HUGE MICHAEL VICK FAN. ALTHOUGH I FEEL THAT HIS PUNISHMENT WAS HARSE, I STILL FEEL THAT HE JUST LIKE EVERYONE INCLUDING R. KELLY HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THERE ACTIONS. HE HAS A HISTORY OF THIS TYPE OF BEFHAVIOR. THIS HAS TO END.

DARRON (ATL)

"chi-towns finest" - get real! If R.Kelly is an example of a fine outstanding citizen then your morals are way off. The only reason he is so successful is because people like you continue to buy his crappy sell-out 'sounds like every other mainstream artist' CD's; which, of course, helps to finance his big house, bling and underage fetishes.

Erica, you are an idiot.

AND TO THE LADY WHO SAID TO USE AlIYAH IS A BAD EXAMPLE AND TO USE SOMEONE ELSE. LISTEN TO YOURSELF. WE ALL WISH THIS WAS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT. IT'S A SHAME WE CAN USE ANOTHER EXAMPLE BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW ALIYAH WASN'T THE ONLY UNDERAGE GIRL HES HAD HIS WAY WITH. IF HE'S NOT CONVICTED, THE MAN NEEDS HELP. HE CAN HAVE ALMOST ANY WOMEN HE WANTS BUT HE PREFERS LITTLE GIRLS. NOT WOMEN BUT LITTLE GIRLS.

O.K TO ALL THATS CALL YOURSELF DOWING RK.LOOK AT HERE. FIRST OF ALL ALLYAH'S MOTER APPROVED ALL THAT(RIP)SO THAT SHOULD'VE CAME UP.SECOND OF ALL IF THE GIRL AND HER MOTHER SAID IT WASN'T HER LEAVE THAT ALONE.FURTHER MORE ALL OF US ARE HIT WITH ROTTEN TOMATOES BECAUSE THEY ARE OFF THE MARKET.BIG UPS TO ALL RK HATERS

Personaly, who cares what R.Kelly did or what he is doing. I feel that the little tramps who screwed him in three-somes, orgies or whatever deserve what they get. If you are woman enough at any age, to have sex of any kind; with a celebrity, man or woman. You are definetly woman enough to deal with the everything that comes along with it. If they were raped that is different. But when you're willing to give yourself at any age, especially to a celebrity. You know what you are doing and you know what comes with the territory. R Kelly is a man whom likes having sex with younger women. He is not the first. And I don't feel that he should have been prosecuted and had to go to trial for this foolishness.

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